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Author Amy MaganAmy Magan has called Indiana home since arriving on the campus of Butler University in 1988. Now the mother of a tween and two teens, she can't think of a better place to raise her family than Central Indiana. Amy writes for several websites including her own blog, The 4th Frog.


Microsoft Store Hosting Family Fitness Day Oct. 30

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#Indianapolis — What’s one way to combat the thousands of calories you and your kids will likely consume on Halloween? The Microsoft Store at The Fashion Mall at Keystone in Indianapolis has a family-friendly suggestion: #FitnessDayIndy, which will take place on Thursday, October 30. The Microsoft Store at Keystone at the Crossing — and at stores across […]

There’s Always the Peppy Grill

Peppy Grill in Fountain Square

#Indianapolis — Long before places like Bluebeard, Pure Eatery and Santorini’s Greek Kitchen made Fountain Square the dining destination it is today, there was the Peppy Grill. I had my first taste of the Peppy in 2006. We were pulling an all-nighter at our Fountain Square office, working to get a big project finished. Somewhere […]

“Urinetown the Musical:” You Gotta Go!

Urinetown leads Andy Wegg and Elise Campagna

I’d seen the posters and heard the promos. The University of Indianapolis Department of Theatre is producing Urinetown the Musical. Ewwww. The name is just so, well, so yuck. But my daughter was visiting the south side campus and they had invited us to attend a free preview of the show, which officially opens Friday, […]

Art in Odd Places — Right Here in Indy

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#Indianapolis — On October 17 and 18, Central Indiana residents and visitors can experience “Art in Odd Places (AiOP),” a free, interactive, outdoor art experience centered around Monument Circle in Indianapolis. Twenty-seven artists, including 14 from Indiana, will showcase their brand of smile-bringing, thought-provoking, wonder-making art.  AiOP originated in New York City (where else?). This […]

Soulful Southern Cooking Alive & Well in Indy

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#Indianapolis — A new restaurant on the city’s northwest side is getting a lot of buzz lately. Georgia Reese’s Southern Table & Bar was recently opened by former Indianapolis Colt Gary Brackett. But Indianapolis has been home to southern cooking long before Brackett served up his first bowl of alligator gumbo.  Take Kountry Kitchen on […]

Accessible Nature Trail on Indy’s Northwest Side

Sign at entrane to Robin Run nature trail

#Indianapolis — Walking nature trails can be a fun and relaxing activity for families or individuals. But some trails pose a challenge to people whose balance is not good, who use a wheelchair, or even for children whose legs simply get too tired navigating a long trail. The nature trail on the grounds of Robin […]

Young Actors Theatre’s “The Witches” is Free Treat for Local Families

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#Indianapolis — Have your kids outgrown Zoo Boo but haven’t graduated to Hannah Haunted Acres yet? Enter stage left: “The Witches,” a frightfully fun, live theatre production by Young Actors Theatre (YAT).  Adapted from the Roald Dahl book of the same name, “The Witches” tells the story of “Girl” and her grandmother who travel from […]

Szechwan Garden Serves Up Authentic Chinese Cuisine

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We’ve heard the “best product, lowest price” advertising line before. So much so that we ignore it like an obnoxious car alarm. Ironically, a restaurant in town that could actually deliver on that claim, doesn’t. Instead, it runs on reviews and reputation. I visited that restaurant, Szechwan Garden, located at 3649 Lafayette Road, because I […]

Indianapolis Ranked #2 in the U.S. for Culture

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#Indianapolis #Indiana — Recently, BusinessInsider.com ranked the top 20 cities in the U.S. with the most activities dedicated to culture and recreation, including museums, libraries, theaters parks, and stadiums. Indianapolis came in #2 in the country.  The website cited the fact that Indy has one cultural attraction for every 705 people, a total of 1,184 […]

TV’s “Cosmos” Host to Visit UIndy in October

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#Indianapolis — It’s hard to get famous as an astrophysicist, but Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of Fox Television’s “Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey,” has done so thanks to his likable approach to explaining the complexities of the universe in everyday language. Tyson will be at the University of Indianapolis Ransburg Auditorium on October 22 to share […]

Who’s Napping Now?

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Indianapolis used to be called “Nap Town” for it’s sleepy demeanor. As recently as 25 years ago, downtown Indianapolis was shuttered up and locked down after the business crowd left at 5:00pm and weekends could be described as “ghost town.” Oh, how times have changed! No one can accuse Indianapolis of napping any more. Just […]

Take Your Taste Buds to Santorini Greek Kitchen

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On my first day of work almost nine years ago, my new co-workers took me to lunch at Santorini Greek Kitchen in Fountain Square. It was love at first bite. Today, we took a new co-worker for her inaugural lunch at Santorini and I’m happy to say my heart still beats for the home-cooked food […]

A Mammogram and a Show at Indy Fringe Festival

Show logo for The Actual Dance

The Indy Fringe Theatre Festival is known for its edgy theatrical offerings, live stage shows that push the limits of human emotion and experience. This year, one of those shows is taking that emotion and turning it into something practical. The Actual Dance, a play written by Sam Simon, is the true story of Sam’s […]

Fletcher Place Block Party Hosted by Angie’s List

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From its earliest days as “Columbus Neighbors” and “Unified Neighbors,” the Indianapolis company Angie’s List has believed in the power of people who live near each other to help one another by providing feedback on local service providers. On Thursday, July 10, Angie’s List will be hosting a free Block Party in the historic downtown […]

Chilly Water Brewing Company Is New Hot Spot in Fountain Square

Chilly Water Sweet Revenge and Space Circus IPA

There is a new player in the Indianapolis craft brewing scene. Chilly Water Brewing Company recently opened in the Hinge Building in Fountain Square, 719 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis. Owned by Skip Duvall, former head brewer at the Fountain Square Brewery, Chilly Water brews its fare on-site. The start-up’s current selection includes 5-String E.S.B (Extra Special […]

Terra Cotta Warriors Exhibit at Children’s Museum is Must-See History

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With the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis practically in my backyard, sometimes I forget how lucky we are to have a world-class museum in our community. Then an exhibit like China’s Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperor’s Painted Army takes up temporary residence at the museum and I remember. This is the kind of exhibit that gives […]

Run, Walk, Roll a 5K & Feel Good About Doing It

3 racers finish the JMF 5K

The Joseph Maley Foundation’s (JMF) mission is simple: “Serve children of all abilities.” Funds raised from the foundation’s 6th Annual 5K Run, Walk and Roll on July 12, 2014 will go towards helping JMF fulfill it’s mission through a variety of efforts. The Run, Walk and Roll is open to people of all fitness levels […]

Top Places to See July 4th Fireworks 2014 in the Indy Area

Are you scoping out where to catch the “rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air” for this year’s 4th of July celebration? Fun City Finder has done the leg work for you and identified many places around central Indiana where you can ooh and ahh at the night sky. Indianapolis: Regions Bank Freedom Blast […]

Cubs Fans: At Least There is Fat Dan’s Deli

Cubs Fans at Fat Dan's Deli

Chicago Cubs fans know that pang of disappointment that comes from dashed hopes of glorious victory.  These loyal swarms are all too familiar with the agony of defeat (the Cubs are currently sub-500 for the seaon). But Indy-area Cubs fans, take heart and point yourself toward Fat Dan’s Chicago-style Deli in South Broad Ripple. On […]

Sculpture Walk is Free Lesson in Art Appreciation

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If you’re looking for something different — and free — to do this summer, check out the Sculpture Walk at the University of Indianapolis. Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, the walk includes 23 sculptures from various artists around the country. The majority of the sculptures are located outdoors on the southside campus. The Sculpture Walk […]